St. Augustine

Florida Department of Transportation

A busy St. Augustine boulevard needs upgrades to make it more pedestrian friendly. That’s the conclusion the Florida Department of Transportation reached after a safety study. The results were presented Wednesday at St. Augustine City Hall.

Surveyors walked Anastasia Boulevard from the Bridge of Lions to just past the Alligator Farm. It’s a highly-traveled section of State Road A1A.

Among the issues listed, inspectors found:

Corazon Cinema and Cafe

Movie lovers will gather in St. Augustine this weekend for the annual St. Augustine Film Festival hosted by Flagler College and the Corazon Cinema and Café.

It’s been a yearlong party in northeast Florida as St. Augustine celebrates its 450th anniversary.  The city bills itself as “America’s oldest,” but is it?

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Toni Blay via Flickr

Maybe you’re waiting until New Year’s to bust out that fancy new outfit Santa brought you and party like a jolly elf all night long. Or maybe you want to be in bed by 8 while the rest of the world cheers for a falling ball. Either way, the First Coast has a free event to help you ring in 2016. Here’s a sampling:

Downtown Jacksonville

Bridge of Lions
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The city of St. Augustine is warning residents to expect higher than normal tides in coming days.

Training Exercise Sparks Evacuation Of Castillo De San Marcos

Nov 25, 2015
Tarra Anderson

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine was evacuated midday Wednesday after reports of people acting suspiciously with a backpack.

The fort, the most popular attraction in St. Augustine, reopened after about 30 minutes, according to St. Augustine police.

Someone told police that a man and two women with a backpack at the fort didn’t have the backpack with them when they left.

Police found the three and learned they were part of a group of five  an instructor from Flash Point International, a security business in DeLand, and four students.

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Ten days after the anniversary of the Spanish landing at St. Augustine, the king and queen of Spain landed on the First Coast to celebrate.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano’s visit marks 14 years since the last time Spanish royalty visited America’s oldest city.

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Thousands of tourists flocked to St. Augustine this week to celebrate the founding of America’s oldest city. But one group at the ceremonies was calling for an end to the revelry. Indigenous protesters say the anniversary is a painful memory that’s too often forgotten by the masses.

Frank Murry via St. Augustine Government

Several Civil Rights era historical sites in St. Augustine could soon get national designations. That’s after the city’s grant application got high marks from a state cultural panel last week.

But some of the sites have already been documented and commemorated by independent civil-rights advocates — and they feel they’re being left out of the city’s project.

The Duval County Jail has served as the main mental health facility in the region for many years. The Jacksonville Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Collaborative -- composed of mental health professionals, county officials and law enforcement officers -- met last week to begin planning a central receiving facility to help treat people with mental illness before they're put behind bars. We speak with Tara Wildes, Director of the Department of Corrections at JSO, Dr. Christine Cauffield, Executive Director of SF Health Systems, and Kristellys Zolondek, Community Engagement Specialist at LSF Health Systems.

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A First Coast conservationist celebrated the birth of one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

A baby pangolin took its first breaths in St. Augustine last week, thousands of miles away from its natural habitat.

We broadcast live from the Pirate & Treasure Museum in downtown St. Augustine to mark the city's 450th Commemoration this week.

Casa Monica Hotel

St. Augustine kicked off what it’s calling the party of a lifetime Tuesday.

It’s the 450th anniversary of the founding of the country’s oldest city.

The week-long celebration is projected to bring in tourists from around the world.

Florida legislators dissolved their two­-week special session Friday without agreeing on a update to the state's congressional district map.They were ordered to redraw the district lines by the State Supreme Court earlier this year, but couldn’t come to terms. The complicated task of redrawing the maps is now set to go to the courts. We discuss the issue with Mike Binder, professor of political science at UNF.

A popular St. Augustine restaurant is moving to a new location.

As part of the relocation from Cordova Street, The Floridian restaurant will be adding seats and rolling out a cocktail menu.

The new location will be on Spanish Street, in a building that was built in 1904. The restaurant will have 150 seats and what the owners are calling their dream kitchen.